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How Doctors in South Dakota Test for Hearing Loss

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Whether hearing loss is sudden or it occurs over a period of time, it is never easy to accept. As one of the all-important five senses, your hearing is not something you want compromised. But sometimes, you don’t have a choice.

At Zimmer, Duncan, and Cole, LLP, our South Dakota personal injury attorneys want you to know that you are not alone and that there is help for you if you believe that you are suffering from hearing loss. The first step is to see a doctor who will conduct a physical examination to diagnose your hearing loss. 

A doctor or audiologist will take these steps in determining whether you are suffering from hearing loss:

  • Conduct a physical exam and ask questions about your symptoms
  • Conduct a general screening by having you cover one ear at a time to determine how well you can hear words spoken at different volumes, including whispers
  • Look in your ears with an otoscope
  • Conduct a tuning fork test which includes a two-pronged instrument that makes sounds when struck; this will help the doctor determine where the damage has occurred
  • Conduct audiometer tests in which you will wear ear phones and hear sounds in one ear at a time, often at different volumes and tones

Each of these tests will help the doctor or audiologist determine the extent of your hearing loss, where the problem is occurring, and what treatment will be best for you.

If you are suffering from hearing loss, our lawyers in South Dakota understand how worrying this may be, and we are here to help you. Call Zimmer, Duncan, and Cole, LLP to speak with a Sioux Falls personal injury lawyer, as you may have a case for your catastrophic personal injury. Call our Sioux Falls or Parker office toll-free at (888) 733-2992. Seek immediate medical attention, but don’t delay in getting the legal help you need.  

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